How I moved Maps & YouTube to the SD Card
I managed to free up some internal space by moving Maps, Voice Search, Google Search, and YouTube to the SD Card.
(Only works with those apps which re-downloadable from the market)
First, you MUST have a rooted phone.
Install Move2SD Enabler with External enabled and a file explorer with similar functionality to Root Explorer (ability to r/w system folders).
I personally use Root Explorer.
Not required, but I also use App 2 SD (the app). I find it very handy and a better overview of moveable apps than the built-in app manager.
Go into the /system/app folder and delete the apk's.
Also go into the /data/app folder and delete the update apk's
Reboot into recovery and wipe the dalvik-cache.
Reboot the phone.
Go into the Market and redownload the removed apps.
They should now be installed on your SD card freeing up a little bit more internal space on your phone.
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Nice, that's like over 16 MBs of internal storage saved. I would keep the apps that I use the most on internal storage and definitely buy a new microSD with a higher class number to improve performance. The one supplied by LG with this phone is very basic and slower than whats available these days.
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@jeannieindigital , thanks for the tip.
You are certainly on the right track with this, but I am always wary of instructions or advice that recommends deleting stock apps rather than first backup up the stock apps.
I am concerned that deleting stock apps could prevent future OTA upgrades from working. (see http://forum.androidcentral.com/moto...de-issues.html)
Any chance you could amend your advice to include a backup step?
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I used adb then remounted the /system as rw
when you install youtube make sure you change app2sd to auto because youtube wants to install internally otherwise the install will fail. reopen app2sd and change it to external then move youtube to the sd.
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However, that being said, I think it's ill advised to post instructions advising people to DELETE systems apps in a manner that could prevent any future OTA updates. Just because YOU many never want to OTA update your phone (for whatever reasons you have), it doesn't mean that everyone feels the same.
What I tried to point out in my earlier posts is that the instructions, while a great start, should really advise people to back up their system apps before any deleting so the phone can be restored to a "factory" state in the future if they so choose to. (My point being, I would expect you need a way to get the factory version of the app back into /system/app for OTA updates to work. If you simply download from the market, the app will end up in /data/app)
Someone else chimed in earlier that the SDX Stock App remover makes a backup before deleting a stock app. I think using this app in conjunction with the rest of your process would make the ideal solution.
OTA updates being allowed is an allow/deny setting within the ROM and has nothing to do with whether you move around or delete apps. And you can always re-flash whatever ROM you have on the phone to get it back to the way it was.
By definition the fact that the phone is rooted means it is no longer in a factory state.
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Re: How I moved Maps & YouTube to the SD Card
This process does work, but I would suggest considering link2sd - it moves apps to a separate partition on your sd card. The big upside is that you can set it to do it automatically to newly installed apps soyou can set it and forget it.
If you have root and are looking to do this, then you are sophisticated enough to make this worrk - it is fairly easy.
I used three or four mover 2 sd methods including the built in one and link2sd beats them all - it removes the main limitation of this device and I have not seen a single "low memory" dummy error since then!!!